Forgiveness: Who does it and how do they do it?

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Abstract

Forgiveness is a suite of prosocial motivational changes that occurs after a person has incurred a transgression. People who are inclined to forgive their transgressors tend to be more agreeable, more emotionally stable, and, some research suggests, more spiritually or religiously inclined than people who do not tend to forgive their transgressors. Several psychological processes appear to foster or inhibit forgiveness. These processes include empathy for the transgressor, generous attributions and appraisals regarding the transgression and transgressor, and rumination about the transgression. Interpreting these findings in light of modern trait theory would help to create a more unified understanding of how personality might influence forgiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Volume10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Forgiveness
  • Personality
  • Research
  • Review
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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